Microfiber Cloth Cleaning Hacks

Microfiber was developed in Japan during the 70’s for swimwear. Ten years later, European scientists found that it was the perfect fabric for cleaning due to its absorbency.  By the early 2000s, the microfiber industry had exploded.  Even though microfiber has been around for decades, there are many who have yet to try cleaning with microfiber tools. Take a [...]

A Connected Home

Artificial intelligence is an amazing thing. We prefer to ask Siri questions instead of others, Alexa knows our favorite songs and now we have introduced AI into our homes in the form of “Smart Thermostats.” Many of these different smart home devices can learn and respond to temperature preferences with the idea that using a smart thermostat will save [...]

Celebrate Our Earth This April

This year, we celebrate the 48th Earth day across the world. In 1969, Senator Gaylord Nelson decided to create an official day to celebrate the Earth and raise awareness of the environmental concerns he had after the devastating oil spill in Santa Barbara that year. The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970. An incredible 20 million [...]

At home allergy treatments

Dealing with dust allergies is a battle that affects many people, especially during the spring. To win the battle you need strategies that will help reduce the triggers in your home. Creating safe spaces where your lungs can “rest” is the key. Allergists refer to our immune system as a bucket that fills up over time. When our buckets [...]

How to treat head lice

A case of lice does not reflect a lack of cleanliness or personal hygiene as some would like to think.  Head lice cause itching and discomfort but are not found to transfer dangerous diseases in the United States like lice in other countries. Here are answers to the most common questions about lice:

How can I get infected with lice?

Head [...]

Don’t lose sleep over bed bugs

Although bed bugs are normally considered a summer pest problem, with the ability to lower the freezing point of their bodily fluids bed bugs do have a high tolerance for cold and thus present a problem even during winter months.

Everyone’s first reaction to a bedbug infestation (let alone their bodily fluids!) is one of disgust. But surprisingly bedbugs are [...]

Holiday stain guide

Holiday stains are like little presents no one intended to give you. But don’t stress, we’ve got a stain guide that will help you get through the holidays – stress and stain free. Download it free, then post it in your laundry room so it will be at your fingertips if there’s a fumble.

Happy Holidays, from Maid Brigade!

 

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How to deep clean the guest room

Preparing for holiday visitors forces us to address chores and projects we kept postponing when the weather was warmer and the days were longer. Even during this busy time of year, it’s possible to get things checked off “the list” whether routine maintenance or improvement project. But it’s important to start early, so it can all happen before the [...]

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    Smoke alarms: How to clean them, when to maintain them, where to install them

Smoke alarms: How to clean them, when to maintain them, where to install them

Smoke alarms: a How-to Guide
A fire fighter once told me, “The best way to survive a fire is to prevent it. If you can’t prevent it, you want to use early detection as your shield.”  Early detection means having smoke alarms properly installed throughout your home and maintaining them regularly. These small devices will save your life, but [...]

How to clean table linens

October marks the start of the entertaining season. Nothing makes entertaining easier than having all your tablecloths, table runners and cloth napkins cleaned and ready for use.  Knowing how to clean table linens and store them correctly is the key.

Washing

Start by knowing exactly what material your table linens are. Fifty years ago you could assume your table cloth [...]